What European city has more history than Berlin? Taschen's lavish photographic extravaganza shows us the Berlin of Frederick the Great, of Kaiser Bill, of Marlene Dietrich of Isherwood. It shows us the Berlin of Hitler and Speer of course, who tried to build a thousand year empire that lasted barely 12. It shows us the Berlin of Rudi Dutschke, Bertolt Brecht, Willy Brandt and of Erich Honecker who built a wall, which divided the city for some 28 years.
Above all this book shows the Berlin of the people, of children walking to school, satchels on their back, of housewives selecting bricks for reuse from the city's ruins after 1945, of DDR citizens in their Trabbis crossing into the West in 1989, of Turkish "guest workers" of gay pride on show during the "Love Parade".
After the 2nd world war they thought there was no Berlin anymore. In the sixties, seventies and eighties we all thought there would for ever be two Berlins. Now, united once again, the city takes pride in challenging architecture and exciting events such as the world cup Football tournament of 2006.
What can be better than this wonderful book with its 700 glorious pages of fine photography? I tell you what! Its subject : the city itself.!